A coaching change can sometimes have negative effects on a team as players need to adjust to a new leader of their program.
The Ragin’ Cajuns softball team has had unprecedented success, recording at least 40 wins in every season since 2006. With the hire of new head coach Gerry Glasco in 2017, the expectations never wavered.
In his first season as a head coach at the collegiate level, Glasco took over the Louisiana softball team and brought them to 41 wins and one victory away from a super regional appearance.
“The key to my first season at UL was being a coach that could adapt,” Glasco said. “We knew we could play great defense, we found out that we had pitching as the season went on with Summer Ellyson, and we just adjusted to the talent that was in our dugout.”
Louisiana made the most out of the talent they had on the 2018 roster. Finishing with a 41-16 record, making the Sun Belt Conference Championship game and making a regional was a nice benchmark for Glasco in his first year.
Even though the Ragin’ Cajuns made a regional and lost a close game against LSU to make a super regional, Glasco was not satisfied with the results of his first season with Louisiana. To improve and dominate, he knew he needed to bring in transfers that could help him in his second season.
“With my history of success in college as an offensive coach, it was very easy to convince a good hitter to come here,” Glasco said. “It was my vision and I was the only one here, so I went and got the players I wanted. I was able to fully focus on the recruitment of the transfer players and it turned out very well.”
As Glasco said, the transfer players he brought into the program turned out well. Keeli Milligan, Bailey Curry, Julie Rawls and Sarah Hudek are all transfers that have contributed to a dominant historic 2019 season for Louisiana.
Glasco has the Ragin’ Cajuns nationally ranked in the top 10 polls across the country. The team is currently 47-4, 25-0 in Sun Belt play and on a 24-game winning streak. They have the second-longest winning streak in the country and their 25 wins in conference play have broken their own record of 23 set in 2017.
“I think the reason for our success this year is we never put an emphasis on the Sun Belt. We put an emphasis on getting to the World Series,” Glasco said. “I’m trying to develop a roster and a team that can get into the postseason and have success. If we are able to win a super regional, then you should be able to get through the Sun Belt schedule pretty easily.”
The roster that Glasco developed has put up huge numbers in many major categories throughout the season. They are top five in the country in scoring at 7.28 runs per game, earned run average giving up 1.43 runs per game, on-base percentage at .437, and stolen bases per game at 3.16.
In Glasco’s second season, polls are taking notice. ESPN.com and USA Today ranked the Ragin’ Cajuns at eighth in the country and Softball America has them ranked fifth. However, the NCAA Women’s Softball RPI has Louisiana ranked 18th in the country.
With the postseason coming, Glasco is not worried about whether or not the RPI will hurt the Ragin’ Cajuns chances at hosting a regional.
“The RPI system obviously has some flaws in it if it thinks this team isn’t as good as last year’s team,” Glasco said. “It’s pretty obvious that this is a really special ball club, but we don’t control how we are seeded. It doesn’t really matter to me if we go on the road or if we are here, we just want to be prepared.”
Louisiana will play as the top seed in the Sun Belt Tournament from May 8-11 before they find out where they will play in the NCAA Regionals from May 17-19.
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